Participant Info

First Name
Ana María
Last Name
University of York (United Kingdom)
Website URL
History of Latin America Global History History of Consumption Political Economy Public History
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Personal Info

About Me

BA Law (Universidad de los Andes), MA History (York), PhD Modern History (Oxford)

Ana María Otero-Cleves is Lecturer in the History of Latin America at the University of York (UK).

Born and raised in Colombia, she joined the University of York Department of History in 2023, having previously held the position of Associate Professor at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). Otero-Cleves specialises in the history of nineteenth-century Colombia and Latin America, with a particular interest in the history of consumption, global history, and legal culture. Her book Plebeian Consumers: Global Connections, Local Trade and Foreign Goods in Nineteenth-Century Colombia (forthcoming 2024, Cambridge University Press), was the winner of the Toynbee First Book Manuscript Workshop Competition (2022).

She is also an enthusiastic public historian and co-founder of the public history initiative Historias para lo que Viene (Histories for what’s to come).  Historias para lo que Viene is a collaborative project in which historians, public humanists, and communities affected by the Colombian armed conflict come together to aid the process of peacebuilding in Colombia, through public history workshops and other collective projects, including #ClasealaCalle. (@clasealacalle).

Recent Publications

Her publications include, “Foreign Machetes and Cheap Cotton Cloth: Popular Consumers and Imported Commodities in Nineteenth-Century Colombia.” Hispanic American Historical Review 97, n. ° 3 (2017): 423-256, awarded the prize for Best Article – Nineteenth Century Section by the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and ‘This mixed species of the population will consume’: Atlantic expectations about Spanish American consumers on the Age of Revolutions, 1780-1831’, Journal of Latin American Studies (2019).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Latin America
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Gender, Human Rights, Law, Material Culture, Public History